What's your motivation?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What get's you out of bed in the morning?  Is it a dream?  Perhaps a goal, motivation, or a desire to go into the unknown territories your body and mind?  It was good fortune our friends from Connecticut who had since moved to California asked us to come for a visit in April.  Mollie and Bill are motivated folks.  Mollie started her own business this year, MUV Physical Therapy & Pilates  and Bill is a talented entrepeneur and has a mind of a wiz kid.  He sold his Amigo Hot Sauce to Flatbread Pizza before they left Connecticut. 

I had never been to Joshua Tree National Park and had this longing to camp out overnight.  Little did I know, we were totally unprepared for the high winds and almost freezing temperatures.  That didn't stop us from enjoying everything before our eyes, we managed to preoccupy our minds watching climbers scale enormous rock outcroppings in high winds.  If they could push their bodies and furthermore, their minds, to go to these heights, what's a little cold?  More motivation.

We made camp before dark and enjoyed a fire with our friends before retiring to our tents.  Good thing, my husband is so warm, we snuggled all night against the harsh winds.  I was the first to rise and witness the sunrise, so I got the fire started and prepared the coffee.  After everyone had their morning cup of joe, we decided to go on a hike in the desert.  Upon starting out, we met a kind man, Chris Forman from England.  We chatted the whole 7 mile hike through the desert and learned so much.  He's not only a chemist, he's a biologist!  Put that together and you get a nano-biophysicist.  We had the most fascinating conversations along our hike talking about all living things and how even in extreme conditions, like the desert all things grow.  What's better, we've remained in contact with Chris and he did a skype session with George's 4th grade students to discuss water in his science class.  Honestly, the coolest part of the trip was meeting Chris and getting to know how he wants to create a better world.  There are no coincidences.  He's living in California now and I'm hoping he will like it enough to stay and do good things for the planet.

Whatever inner voice is knocking, please listen.  Get up, get out of bed, go outside and explore to create!  Travel to meet that stranger who just might change your life (that's how I met my husband).  Wander to know how the world ticks.  Follow your passions because you never know where that will lead.

The Copper Lantern | Rhode Island | Airbnb

Monday, October 31, 2016

What a way to celebrate our one year anniversary and my Halloween birthday!  My husband and I have been up to our eye balls in work which is a good thing.  No complaints other than finding time to spend with one another would be a bonus, so this weekend, we did just that.  Unplugged for the most part, slept in, read books, sipped coffee and had an adventurous Rhode Island coastal tour letting our hearts lead the way.  We love going down new roads and exploring places we've never been,  imagining what it's like to live in the places we visit.  I was really impressed with all the land trusts and farmlands along the coast.  The houses were spread out between woods, farm and coastal, just perfect without urban sprawl.

I have so much catching up to do from former trips we've taken and more to come from this New England gem.  For now, visit the lovely Copper Lantern in Middletown, RI, minutes from Newport and all the pretty countryside. 

Speaking of countryside, it so happens that I was reading a book by author, Michelle Maingot Cabral called "Walking Away - Waking up from The American Dream."  She is friends with my parents and they gifted us the book to read.  A former Rhode Island native, she and her husband moved north to the great woods of Maine to live off the grid.  I would highly recommend this book if you are looking to unplug.

The Copper Lantern is over 200 years old, very comfortable, warm and inviting including our lovely hosts.

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Of Sunsets + Surfers | Encinitas, California

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The ocean is powerful.  It lures you in.  It is a calling to the fearless surfers as they patiently wait for the perfect wave.  An elegance as they dance on the curls of each wave and swim like dolphins, slick and glistening in the sun.  I was intrigued by the surf culture as easily as it is to watch the sun set each night.  It is an ancient ritual drawing people to the ocean's edge to watch as another day passes with hopes for tomorrow.  I say my gratitude prayers for the day and pray I will see the sun again tomorrow.  Each day a gift, not to be taken for granted.  My eyes will never tire of this giant orb powering all life on this blue planet.